Patents by Examiner Robert May
  • Patent number: 9714750
    Abstract: A vehicular display apparatus includes: first illumination portions that illuminate first display areas from behind by luminescence of a plurality of first light sources; first cover portions that are placed behind the first display areas and internally expose the first light sources; a second illumination portion that illuminates a second display area from behind by luminescence of a plurality of second light sources; and a second cover portion that is placed behind the second display area and has an interior partitioned from the interiors of the adjoining first cover portions while internally exposing the second light sources. The first cover portions externally form an air passage for an air flow. The second cover portion has an air hole opened to communicate the interior of the second cover portion with the air passage external to the first cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadaaki Ishimaru, Takayuki Hiromitsu
  • Patent number: 9709249
    Abstract: A hooded light head assembly for providing directional lighting is provided which comprises a light housing having a hood. The light housing has an internal light source and a rear attachment surface that has an insert extension. The insert extension is configured to attach the light housing to mounting surface upon insertion into an opening in the mounting surface and upon rotation of the light housing relative to the mounting surface. Some of these hoods also have a locking tab extending rearward from the surface that may prevent removal of the hood from the mounting surface. The light head may also have a controller having touch sensitivity and set to indicate light head status and prevent reversed current through the light heads. An arrow board using the controller and light heads may be easily installed and may be durable and reliable in outdoor conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CHECKERS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Clifford, Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 9696006
    Abstract: A lens has a first, second and third optical region. The first, second and third optical region are arranged in sequential order. Space angle defined between each first, second and third optical region, and an optical axis of the lens are different from each other. An LED light module, which has an LED chip and the lens is also provided. The light emitted from the LED chip passes the reflecting surface and refractive surface and radiates from a top of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chau-Jin Hu, Feng-Yuen Dai, Po-Chou Chen
  • Patent number: 9696020
    Abstract: A method and device for easily installing and removing an airport light on a runway using a fixture ring having a base ring; an annular lip operatively connected to and extending radially inwardly from the base ring; a lift bar operatively connected to the annular lip and extending from one side to the diametrically opposite side of the annular lip; and a pair of extractors, operatively connecting the lift bar to the annular lip to cause the lift bar to move up and down relative to the annular lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SALSTAN ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Abel Alex Salazar, Stanley L. Stosel
  • Patent number: 9699854
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) lighting arrangement for a lighting fixture includes: a lighting strip comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged along a length of the lighting strip; a first multi-faceted side wall reflector extending from a first side of the lighting strip at an angle such that the first multi-faceted side wall reflector extends along an entire length of the lighting strip and away from a bottom portion of a light emitting portion of each of the light emitting diodes (LEDs); and a second multi-faceted side wall reflector extending from a second, opposite side of the lighting strip at an angle such that the second multi-faceted side wall reflector extends along an entire length of the lighting strip away from the bottom portion of the light emitting portion of each of the light emitting diodes (LEDs). The first and second multi-faceted side wall reflectors cause light produced by the plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) to be amplified and formed into a uniform beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: APPALACHIAN LIGHTING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: James J. Wassel
  • Patent number: 9689547
    Abstract: A projection lens is disposed so that light emitted from a light source passes the projection lens. A shade is disposed in rear of the projection lens so as to block a part of the light emitted from the light source. The projection lens includes a first region and a second region. The first region has a first light scattering property. The second region has a second light scattering property lower than the first light scattering property. The shade and the projection lens are disposed so that a part of light projecting an edge of the shade as a peripheral edge of a light distribution pattern passes through the first region and another part of the light projecting the edge of the shade passes through the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinori Matsumoto, Shingo Kato
  • Patent number: 9689554
    Abstract: A lens for distributing light from a light emitter in a desired asymmetric illumination profile includes a lens body having an input side and an output side. The input side receives light from an emitter, and the output side includes primary refractive surface, total internal reflection surfaces, and a secondary refractive surface associated with the total internal refection surfaces. A primary emission axis associated with the emitter is defined through the lens body, and a transverse reference plane is positioned parallel to the primary emission axis. A desired illumination region is located on a first side of the reference plane, and a desired dark region is located on a second side of the reference plane. The primary refractive surface, the total internal reflection surfaces and the secondary refractive surface direct a substantial portion of the light from the emitter to the desired illumination region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Householder, Megan Tidd
  • Patent number: 9689535
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a base, a heat sink, a plurality of thermal elements, and a plurality of LED elements. The base may be configured to attach to a screw in light socket. The heat sink may be connected to the base. The plurality of thermal mounts may project from the heat sink. The thermal mounts may be electrically connected to the base and thermally connected to the heat sink. The plurality of LED elements may be connected to the thermal mounts. The LED elements may form a pattern about a central axis to project light evenly from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Robert M. Pinato
  • Patent number: 9683726
    Abstract: A lamp that emits light and includes: a mounting board on which a light-emitting element is provided; a support disposed on a side opposite a light-emission-side of the mounting board; and a case connected to a support. The case includes a securing part which is disposed on the light-emission-side of the mounting board, and secures the mounting board to the support by sandwiching the mounting board between the securing part and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsushi Seki
  • Patent number: 9664360
    Abstract: A lighting canister stand assembly is configured to elevate a transformer above a canister drain pipe within a canister underground. The lighting canister stand assembly has a lighting canister stand, further including a lighting canister rod mechanically coupled to a first side of a lighting canister platform. The canister further comprising a canister bottom, immediately adjacent to the lighting canister rod, and a canister wall immediately adjacent to an edge of the lighting canister platform. The lighting canister platform is configured to elevate the transformer above the canister drain pipe in order to permit water to drain out of the canister and away from the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Clarence Eugene Orr
  • Patent number: 9657933
    Abstract: A recessed light fixture can include a movably adjustable light source and a thermal management system that includes a movable first heat sink, and a second heat sink. The first heat sink is thermally coupled to the adjustable light source, and is connected to move with the adjustable light source. The first heat sink includes a plurality of spaced apart first thermally conductive elements, such as fins. The second heat sink includes a plurality of spaced apart second thermally conductive elements, such as fins, which are interlaced between the first thermally conductive elements of the first heat sink. The interlaced thermally conductive elements increase surface area and heat transfer pathway(s) between the two heat sinks, while reducing physical contact, and thus friction, therebetween when movably adjusting the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Howard Clark
  • Patent number: 9638384
    Abstract: An assembly of a decorative trim on the exterior surface of a plastic cover lens of a headlamp. Locking means are molded on the outer side of the plastic cover lens, which extend out in a transverse direction (Y) pointing at an angle from the surface of the plastic cover lens. The decorative trim comprises locking means receivers into which the locking means engage, and at least one snapping means on the decorative trim and one complementary snapping means are provided on the plastic cover lens for securing the decorative trim against the transverse direction (Y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Eudard Japs, Lars Tillmann
  • Patent number: 9638403
    Abstract: An LED street light comprising a housing having a support arm extending from a light emitting portion is presently disclosed. The support arm is configured and disposed to tool-lessly fastened and unfastened to and from a street light post. An LED PCB having an array of LEDs is tool-lessly removably held in the light emitting portion of the LED street light. A tool-lessly removable driver is housed in the LED street light. A method of installing the street light of the present disclosure to a light post is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AMLED Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Madan Marshal
  • Patent number: 9638397
    Abstract: There is provided a lighting apparatus and a method for reducing discomfort glare. The method comprises a step of providing a first portion of light radiation in a first incident angle range; and another step of providing a second portion of light radiation in a second incident angle range consecutive to the first incident angle range. The first incident angle range is greater than the second incident angle range viewed from a vertically downward direction of a light source emitting the light radiation, and the correlated color temperature of the first portion of light radiation is lower than that of the second portion of light radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Xiaoyan Zhu, Wenyi Li, Shitao Deng, Miao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9616804
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the lighting range of a headlamp in a motor vehicle, is performed with the following steps. A first coordinateis acquired that corresponds to a position of the motor vehicle. At least one image of a camera connected with the motor vehicle is evaluated so as to acquire a second coordinate that corresponds to the position of an object on a roadway in the zone ahead of the motor vehicle. A reference angle is calculated for the motor vehicle from the first coordinate, the second coordinate and a height of the camera over the roadway. The lighting range of the headlamp is adjusted based on the reference angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Roeckl, Frank Langkabel, Ingolf Schneider, Thomas Feid
  • Patent number: 9616811
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle light fixture includes, among other things, an elongated body having a reflective surface formed by a series of alternating linear and revolved parabolic segments. The series of alternating linear and revolved parabolic segments are coextensive along the height of the reflective surface and have an optical axis. Each of the alternating linear and revolved parabolic segments has a focal point that lies along a common axis that is orthogonal to the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Emergency Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Hulse, Edward T. Schneider
  • Patent number: 9612380
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an illumination system comprising at least one light source and an optical light mixing rod. The illumination system comprises a rod holder holding the optical light mixing rod in a position, where the entrance surface of the optical light mixing rod is arranged above the emitting window of the light source. The optical light mixing rod is from in a flexible and solid transparent material and the rod holder is adapted to provide a pressure force to the optical light mixing rod and the pressure force is adapted to press the entrance surface of the optical light mixing rod and the emitting window of the light source together. The optical light mixing rod comprises a bulge the entrance surface and the pressure force presses the bulge flat against the emitting window of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Martin Professional ApS
    Inventor: Thomas Vinther
  • Patent number: 9606290
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a backlight module, comprising: a backboard having at least a positioning convex part protruding from a surface of the backboard; a light guiding plate arranged on the backboard, having a light-near side and a light-far side disposed opposite to each other, and two connecting sides disposed opposite to each other; a light source disposed near the light-near side of the light guiding plate; and at least a buffer element interposed between the light-far side of the light guiding plate and the backboard, and the buffer element abuts against the light-far side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chi-Hsiang Chiang, I-Jan Wang
  • Patent number: 9605819
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular LED street light including an electrical chamber, a lamp arm, two supporting pipes, an end cap and a plurality of LED light source modules. The LED light source modules are fixed between the two supporting pipes. Each LED light source module includes a circuit board and a radiator. The radiator includes a first plate, two second plates extending from two sides of the first plate and a third plate connected to the two second plates. The radiator has a large area of heat dissipation. When it is required to increase or decrease the number of the LED light source modules for the purpose of increasing or reducing the power of the LED street light, all that is needed is exchanging with lengthened or shortened supporting pipes, thus enabling a power seriation of the street light at very low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HUIZHOU ARRLUX OPTOELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fei Jiang
  • Patent number: 9607533
    Abstract: A vented LED display is described including an LED display panel having a plurality of LEDs disposed thereon and defining a plurality of vent slots between the plurality of LEDs, each of the plurality of vent slots having a vent height. The vented LED display also includes a unitary injection-molded vent having a plurality of louvers and coupled to the LED display panel such that each louver corresponds to at least one vent slot and includes a louver length extending downwardly to at least 75% of the vent height of the corresponding vent slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: DIGITAL OUTDOOR LLC
    Inventor: Zeming Qi